Monday, 25 January 2010

News For January 25, 2010

David Kelly Post Mortem to be Kept Secret for 70 Years

Doctors accuse Lord Hutton of concealing vital information

By Miles Goslett

The body of former United Nations weapons inspector Dr Kelly was found in July 2003 in woods close to his Oxfordshire home, shortly after he was exposed as the source of a BBC news report questioning the Government’s claims that Saddam Hussein had an arsenal of weapons of mass destruction, which could be deployed within 45 minutes. Continue

'Christian' Crusaders and Failures of Intelligence in the US Military

By Eileen Fleming

The militarization of Christianity and all terrorism committed in the name of God must be challenged in a world desperate for Christians who actually follow what Jesus was all about. Continue

Nearly Half of Americans Admit to Anti-Muslim Bias

By Religion News Service

Fifty-three percent of respondents said their view of Islam was "not too favorable" or "not favorable at all," according to a 32-page "Religious Perceptions in America" report. Continue

Time for George Mitchell to Resign

By Stephen M. Walt

Why should Mitchell step down now? Because he is wasting his time. The administration's early commitment to an Israeli-Palestinian peace was either a naïve bit of bravado or a cynical charade, and if Mitchell continues to pile up frequent-flyer miles in a fruitless effort, he will be remembered as one of a long series of U.S. "mediators" who ended up complicit in Israel's self-destructive land grab on the West Bank. Continue

Democracy in America Is a Useful Fiction

By Chris Hedges

Corporate forces, long before the Supreme Court's decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, carried out a coup d'état in slow motion. The coup is over. We lost. Continue

Can the Human Race Outgrow War?

By James Carroll

The fantasy that Pentagon spending might be checked was obliterated by last week’s other news - the Supreme Court decision to allow unlimited corporate funding of political campaign ads. Defense contractors will spend billions reinforcing the natural law of war. Continue

Middle Eastern and Latin American Media
A Thorn in the Side of the U.S. Military in Haiti

By Nikolas Kozloff

Watch the U.S. media and its coverage of the crisis in Haiti, and you get the impression that Washington is a benevolent power doing its utmost to help with emergency relief in the Caribbean island nation. But tune into al-Jazeera English or South American news network Telesur and you come away with a very different view. Continue

How To Stop Foreclosures

By Danny Schechter

Compensating victims of predatory rip-offs is only fair. Human rights should come before property rights. Continue

"Quit Feeding Stray Animals"

By Amanda Terkel

SC Lt. Gov. compares people getting gov’t help to ‘Stray Animals’ who ‘breed’ because they don’t know better. Continue

Exodus as Haiti toll passes 150,000: More than 150,000 people have been confirmed dead in the Port-au-Prince area alone following Haiti's devastating earthquake, the country's communications minister says.

U.N. says 1 million Haitians need shelter: As many as 1 million people — one person in nine across the entire country — need to find new shelter, the United Nations estimates, and there are too few tents, let alone safe buildings, to put them in.

Italian official calls U.S. relief effort in Haiti 'pathetic': Italy's top disaster official called the Haiti quake-relief effort a "pathetic" failure Sunday, criticizing the militarized approach of the U.S. as ineffective and out of touch for the emergency at hand.

At least 36 dead as bombs target Baghdad hotels: At least 36 people were killed and 71 wounded in three massive apparently coordinated minibus-borne bombings that targeted hotels in Baghdad on Monday less than six weeks from a general election.

Air strikes kill 12 militants in NW Pakistan: PAKISTANI fighter jets and gunship helicopters shelled two Taliban strongholds killing 12 suspected militants today in the northwest tribal belt, security officials said.

11 "militants" killed in Pakistan: : Eleven militants were killed in fighting with the security forces in northwest Pakistan Monday, a TV report said.

Seven killed by Pakistani Taliban on espionage charges: Pakistani Taliban militants have killed seven men in the country's North Waziristan tribal region, suspecting them to be U.S. spies, locals said Sunday.

US Drone aircraft shot down in Pakistani tribal agency: Amid unabated missile strikes in the bordering tribal belt, a US unmanned surveillance drone was brought down by local tribesmen Sunday evening in Waziristan region, said reports.

Five US occupation force soldiers killed in Afghanistan: Five US soldiers have been killed in bombings over the past 24 hours in Afghanistan, Nato’s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said Sunday. Two of the troopers were killed in a home-made bomb explosion in the south, where the insurgency is most intense, the force said in a statement

Norwegian occupation force soldier killed in Afghan explosion: A Norwegian soldier was killed and two others were injured Monday in an explosion in occupied northern Afghanistan, the Norwegian defence forces reported.

British occupation force soldier killed by blast on patrol in Afghanistan: A BRITISH soldier was killed by an explosion yesterday while on foot patrol in occupied Afghanistan.

Trial for Canadian soldier accused of Afghan insurgent's murder begins: It's alleged Semrau fired two shots into a "severely wounded" unarmed Taliban insurgent on Oct. 19, 2008, in Afghanistan's Helmand province.

Soviet war veterans warn US on Afghan strategy: "The Americans are fighting a people and not a regular army. Napoleon never could win in Spain. They should understand that it is impossible to fight against a nation," Gareyev, now president of the Academy of Military Sciences in Moscow, told AFP.

UN welcomes Afghan move to delay parliament vote: Afghanistan postponed a parliamentary vote for four months in the face of a spiralling Taliban insurgency, a move welcomed by the UN which had raised concerns about graft and the slow pace of reform.

Bomb kills 4 policemen in breakaway Somaliland: A bomb hidden near a mosque killed four policemen in Somalia's northern breakaway enclave of Somaliland on Monday in the latest attack on security forces in the region, police sources said.

Blast at Somali hospital kills at least one: An explosion at the African Union (AU) outpatients' clinic near Mogadishu's airport on Monday has killed at least one person.

EU agrees to train Somali troops: The European Union agreed today to set up a military mission in Uganda to train Somali government forces who are fighting an "Islamist" insurgency.

3 Yemeni soldiers killed in checkpoint attack: Three Yemeni soldiers were killed in an attack at a Yemeni checkpoint by suspected southern separatists, a government official said on Sunday, in a province where the state is also hunting a resurgent Al Qaeda.

One killed and 14 wounded in Yemen separatist violence: A policeman was crushed to death in south Yemen on Monday, amid a strike and protests by secessionists in which 11 policemen and three schoolchildren were also wounded by gunfire, witnesses said.

Yemen rebels offer truce to Saudi Arabia: Yemen's Shi'ite rebels on Monday offered a ceasefire to Saudi Arabia and said they would withdraw from the kingdom's territory to avoid more civilian casualties, after three months of border fighting and Saudi air strikes.

US lends firepower to Yemen fight: GlobalPost witnesses a training session in which American commandos help Yemenis to combat Al Qaeda.

Iran Opposition Leader Recognizes Ahmadinejad: Karroubi's new position is a major retreat from his earlier fiery denunciations of Ahmadinejad's government as illegitimate. The move could signal an attempt to reach a settlement with the clerics within the ruling system.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran: Report: Iran capable of producing its first nuclear bomb: Iran is developing nuclear warheads, and will be able to produce its first nuclear bomb within the year, says a report published in the German newspaper Der Spiegel.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran:: Netanyahu says world must learn from Holocaust: Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has repeatedly questioned the Holocaust and called for Israel to be "wiped off the map." Israel also fears Iran is developing nuclear weapons.

Manufacturing Consent For Attack On Iran:: Netanyahu Singles Out Iran, Venezuela for Anti-Semitism: "[There are] countries which allow anti-Semitism and even lead measured anti-Semitism. Of course, an outstanding example of this is Iran, which is headed by someone who denies the Holocaust and spreads antisemitism in every direction.

In case you missed it: Does Iran's President Want Israel Wiped Off The Map - Does He Deny The Holocaust? : An analysis of media rhetoric on its way to war against Iran - Commenting on the alleged statements of Iran's President Ahmadinejad .

Premier: Israel to keep parts of West bank forever : "Our message is clear: We are planting here, we will stay here, we will build here. This place will be an inseparable part of the state of Israel for eternity," Netanyahu proclaimed, just as envoy George Mitchell was trying to restart "peace talks" after a yearlong stalemate.

Hamas: Mubarak helping Israel starve Gaza Palestinians: "Mubarak's remarks defending the steel wall are an address on the blockade of 1.5 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip," Hamas spokesman Mushir al-Masri told reporters in Gaza City.

Bin Laden warns US of more attacks: "America will never dream of living in peace unless we live it in Palestine. It is unfair that you enjoy a safe life while our brothers in Gaza suffer greatly.

North Korea accuses South of declaring war: South Korea's Defense Minister Kim Tae-young said last week that Seoul would have no choice but to strike first if there were clear signs of a planned nuclear attack by the North.

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